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Petersburg

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For other places with the same name, see Petersburg (disambiguation).
Petersburg Harbor with Devils Thumb in the background

Petersburg is a small fishing town in the Southeastern region of Alaska.

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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Alaska Airlines [1] provides two daily jet flights, and various float plane and air charters also serve the area.

By boat[edit]

One of the charms of Petersburg is that it doesn't have a deep water port, so it's not accessible by big cruise ships, but some smaller ships stop there. The Alaska Marine Highway provides regular ferry service.

Get around[edit]

There is a local taxi and some local shuttle services. The local roads are also nice for bicycling, although the size of the island limits the overall distance one can travel. Rental cars are available from both the hotels in town. Boats can even be rented from the Scandia House.

See[edit][add listing]

Le Conte glacier from a distance
  • Le Conte Glacier. the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. The glacier moves extremely quickly, offering almost continual calving, including underwater calving leading to "shooters" as icebergs rise rapidly to the surface from the hundreds of feet of submerged ice. Hundreds of harbor seals also inhabit the fjord created by the glacier; closer to the face you're likely to see them lolling about on icebergs.  edit
  • Whale watching - as Petersburg is located on the south end of Frederick Sound, where many humpback whales summer, it is an ideal starting point for whale watching. Although it's less comfortable to be out on the sound during rougher weather, days with lots of waves are better for seeing aerial displays.

Humpback whale in the air Humpback whale breeching Splash from a humpback whale breeching

  • Clausen Memorial Museum [2] has local history exhibits.
  • Sons of Norway Hall, Sing Lee Alley. Built in 1910, the Sons of Norway Hall is a registered historic landmark and continues to be at the center of many local social events, from weddings to dances to public meetings.  edit


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  • Blind River Rapids, mile 14.2 on Mitkof Highway [3] A boardwalk through the muskeg to Blind Slough, where the salmon are numerous and other wildlife is often visible.
  • Sea Kayaking Wilderness kayak camping tours to Petersburg Creek, Frederick Sound to view humpback whales and other marine wildlife, and to the LeConte Glacier to paddle among the icebergs. Tour lengths of four hours to several days available. 360-378-5767 or 888-589-4253, whales@sea-quest-kayak.com Sea Kayaking Tours from Petersburg, Alaska
  • Behind the school there's a boardwalk through the muskeg (extremely soft nutrient poor meadow) that's worth walking.
  • Tongass Kayak Adventures, 772-4600, [4]. Tongass Kayak offers four-hour to multi-day kayak trips throughout the area. Kayak trips to LeConte Glacier Bay and whale watching are favorites as is a day trip into the Petersburg Creek Wilderness area.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

Because Petersburg doesn't have a deep water port, it doesn't get the large cruise ships; thus, it isn't overrun with the large cruise line operated tourist shops that plague many such coastal towns. There are a few little locally owned galleries with local artists, and a bookstore with some nice coffee table books, but most of the town actually exists for the local population.

  • Lee's Clothing, Main Street. M-S. Lee's is a family owned business offering great outdoor clothes and a fine selection of Norwegian sweaters.  edit
  • Sing Lee Alley Books, 11 Sing Lee Alley, 907 772-4440. As mentioned above, Sing Lee Alley Books has an "Alaska Room" with a good assortment of Alaskana including field guides and history, but you can also find new releases and good selection of fiction to keep you happy during your trip.  edit


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  • Coastal Cold Storage Assorted fried seafood and daily specials in a take-out ambiance, but the real treats are the vacuum packed smoked fish in the cooler. Great breakfast sandwiches too.
  • Inga's Galley. On the main road, does good halibut and salmon burgers. Summertime only.
  • The Eatery served in Kito's Kave on Sing Lee Alley.
  • El RinconGenuine mexican food cart located downtown. Summer only.
  • Papa Bear's Pizza Pizza, wings, burgers and other American fare. Ice cream is available.
  • Helse A sandwich shop with healthier choices.
  • The Beachcomber Located at about 4 mile of Mitkof Highway this summertime restaurant and bar primarily serve local seafood from a limited but tasty menu.
  • Java Hus Good coffee and home made Norwegian baked goods.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are two bars open to the public. Harbor Bar is located on main street and Kito's Kave is a short distance away on Sing Lee Alley. There are Moose and Elk's lodges for members as well. All establishments are smoke-free as of 2010.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Scandia House The newer hotel. Has a jacuzzi suite available. Located in the center of downtown. Has a coffee shop on the first floor.
  • Tides Inn Also located close to the center of town.
  • Morning Mist Bed and Breakfast [5] - Mel and Sherry Stockton are the great hosts.
  • Water's Edge Bed and Breakfast [6] - the delightful host Barry is a very friendly person.
  • Sea Level B&B, North Nordic Drive, 907-772-3240, [7]. This B&B has an incredible location and views. It sits out over the water so you can see whales and seals from your room. Also has a great view of the coastal mountain range. Close enough to downtown that you can walk.  edit
  • "the Lucky Loon" http://www.theluckyloon.com A furnished house on the shores of Frederick Sound with incredible views. Five day minimum rental that books a year in advance for the summer months. Whales and other marine life are often sighted from the living room and deck.

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